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German Placement Test

How it works

  1. Take the Test
    Select German and start the test. No need to create an account or provide credit card details – it’s free!
  1. Get your results
    After taking the test, you will receive your results immediately by email.
  1. Share your results
    Let your boss know, invite your friends, post on social media… Show off your skills, it’s okay to brag!

Why Take Our Online German Placement Test?

The journey of mastering the German language is truly an exciting endeavor, and we recognize that every learner starts at varying levels. When it comes to learning German, the German placement test is a game-changer. It measures your skills and customizes your learning experience accordingly. This means you start at the right level, avoiding material that’s too tough or too easy, which keeps you motivated. This is super important, especially if you’re planning to study in Germany or connect with German-speaking folks. The test helps you pick the right classes, making it smoother to fit in and enjoy the culture. Regardless of whether you’re taking your first steps, progressing steadily, or are already a seasoned communicator, our German placement test offers a customized learning experience tailored to your journey.

How our German Placement Test Works

Our German Placement Test employs a computer adaptive test (CAT). This approach customizes the assessment to your unique proficiency level. The test spans critical components such as auditory and written comprehension, and grammar practice, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of your abilities.

The CAT dynamically adjusts the complexity of questions based on your responses, ensuring each question is tailored to your abilities. For those with a solid command of the German language, the test may progress to more advanced stages, resulting in a detailed assessment. With the CAT, the test duration can vary from a brisk 10-minute assessment for beginners to approximately 1.5 hours for those with extensive German language skills.

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The test is adaptive and will calculate your level based on your specific abilities.


Our comprehensive German proficiency test evaluates your Listening, Reading & Writing skills.


It’s completely free! No credit card details required and no hidden costs.


Take the test and get your level immediately by email. No messing around!


Flexible and convenient test, the test works on any device.


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German Language Proficiency Levels: CEFR and ACTFL

Our online German placement test aligns with two globally recognized language benchmarks—the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Think of these benchmarks as maps, breaking down language skills into clear stages, providing insights into your strengths and areas for growth.

CEFR Levels for German:
  • A1 – Beginner: You can introduce yourself, ask basic questions, and hold simple conversations.
  • A2 – Elementary: You’re comfortable with everyday tasks and brief exchanges, expressing yourself on familiar topics.
  • B1 – Intermediate: You can confidently converse on familiar subjects, understand main points in texts, and effectively convey your thoughts.
  • B2 – Upper Intermediate: You can discuss diverse topics, comprehend complex texts, and engage in debates with structured arguments.
  • C1 – Advanced: You express yourself fluently, comprehend intricate texts, and convey nuanced ideas.
  • C2 – Proficient: You’re approaching native-like proficiency, understanding almost everything and participating seamlessly in discussions, debates, and written discourse.
ACTFL Levels for German:
  • Novice (Low, Mid, High): You handle basic communication, comprehend simple sentences, and provide fundamental information.
  • Intermediate (Low, Mid, High): You actively participate in conversations, understand complex sentences, and express ideas using various tenses.
  • Advanced (Low, Mid, High): You delve deeper, discussing diverse topics, comprehending detailed texts, and communicating effectively.
  • Superior: You command the language, navigating complex texts, and articulating yourself eloquently, even on abstract themes.
  • Distinguished: You exhibit mastery, effortlessly understanding complex language and communicating with precision and sophistication.


Our German placement test, with a strong emphasis on auditory comprehension, written proficiency, and the intricate details of grammar practice, is more than just a starting point; it is the beginning of an adventure. It’s a step toward understanding what the German language is all about, how it can be used to describe ideas, and how it fits in with cultures all over the world. Begin your path towards mastery of the German language with our German test today!

Looking for another challenge? After you take the German language placement test, try taking our German Vocabulary Quiz. It only takes about 15 minutes!